EI Smart Early Intervention and Assessment for Infants and Young Children at High Risk of Neurodevelopmental Problems

Interdisciplinary Training

Venue Hybrid
Price €295.00
Event Date 6 Nov 2024 - 2 Mar 2025
Time 9am - 5pm
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Please note:

  • The course and waitlist is now closed to applicants due to the high number of applicants received to date.
  • This course has been partially funded by the National HSCP Office.
  • Places will be prioritised for those working in HSE/publicly funded healthcare service only.
  • This is an interdisciplinary course and therefore spaces are limited.
  • Offers are processed based on caseload and service needs.
  • Please complete all questions on the application form. Incomplete applications may not be reviewed.
  • Payment for this course does not mean an automatic place. Shortlising will occur based on the application questions and applicants will be refunded if they are not successful in attaining a place.


About the course:

EiSMART is an evidence based framework to give high risk babies the best start in life. We span all aspects of a child’s development: Sensory, Motor, Attention and Regulation, and Relationships. Professionals and parents work Together to support premature and sick infants from birth (Early Intervention).

This is a practical and theoretical course with emphasis on an introduction to the latest evidence-based approaches in early intervention and the practical application with babies from pre-term to 18 months. The course starts with 3 days online followed by 3 days in person. (3 days online consists of one full day initially followed by evening tutorials which follow on from self-directed webinars).  

Dates and times 

  • Module 1: Online Introductory Day: Nov 6 2024 (full day)
  • Module 2: Online lectures and tutorials - lectures 1 to 6 (1-1.5 hrs in duration): Nov 7, Nov 20, & Dec 4 2024;  Jan 8 & Feb 5th 2025 @ 6.30pm
  • Module 3:  In-person Clinical Sessions: Feb 28 - March 2 2025

Module 3 Location: Enable Ireland, Sandymount Ave, Dublin 4, D04 XH22 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand and recognise all the components necessary to implement effective early interventions and assessments using both the Bobath concept and the EI SMART approach.
  • Begin to apply the latest evidence based theories in early assessment and intervention to include current views on early treatment and management.
  • Develop better facilitation / handling skills through problem solving in order to promote self-generated motor activities in the young child.
  • Understand the importance and impact of motor development on cognition and other areas of development.
  • Demonstrate and understanding of typical and atypical development for preterm and term babies in the first year of life.
  • Accurately observe behaviour of typically developing babies.
  • Further develop their observation and analytical skills with children who are at risk of developing atypically.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the neurological (general movements) and developmental assessment tools (Bayley and others) / methods available
    to therapists in NICU (Brazelton and NIDCAP) and early intervention.
  • Demonstrate an in depth knowledge and understanding of early patterns of brain damage, investigation methods and medical intervention.

Course facilitators 

Dr Betty Hutchon
Betty is head of Children’s Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy for the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust and manages a team of 38 staff. She is also a Consultant Neurodevelopmental Therapist for University College London Hospital.Betty has devoted the past 30 years to specialising in the neurodevelopment of high risk and preterm infants. She feels incredibly lucky to have studied neurobehavioral assessment with Dr Berry Brazelton in Boston and neurological assessment with Prof Heinz Prechtl in Graz. She has also worked, and continues to collaborate, with the Bayley scales of Infant Development research and production team at Pearson UK and USA. 
Betty is particularly interested in effective early interventions and working with and supporting parents. She is co-author of the highly successful course – ‘Early Assessment & Intervention for Babies & Young Children’ which has contributed to the education of many physiotherapists, occupational therapists and doctors throughout the world in early assessment and intervention.
Christine Barber
Chris has developed an international reputation in both paediatric and adult neurodevelopmental conditions. She qualified as a paediatric Bobath tutor in 1985 and senior tutor in 1989 and qualified as an Adult Neurology tutor in 1987. She was awarded an MSc in Physiotherapy in 1995. Chris is a member of the Chartered Institute of Physiotherapy and was awarded their Distinguished Service Award in 2001 in recognition of her contribution to the treatment and wellbeing of people with cerebral palsy.
She has taught Bobath courses around the world and is a regular contributor at conferences and workshops on Cerebral Palsy, Childhood Disability and Neurology. Memberships: Chartered Institute of Physiotherapy, British Association of Bobath Trained Therapists, European Bobath Tutors’ Association, International Bobath Instructors’ and Tutors’ Association. Chris sits on the trustee board of Bobath Wales and is an advisor to the Paralympics GB team





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